Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
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Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4089
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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167. Beschttjving van eenige Dieren.
The Eagle is called the king of birds; it is not
larger than the rest; but is the fiercest, the
most courageous, and the strongest for its size.
It is also a very swift flier. There are several
species of them. In figure, this bird resembles
a parrot: it has a curved bill, short feet, with
very strong-hooked talons. It has a piercing eye,
lives a long time, and is an inhabitant of cold
countries. The Eagle chooses the tops of the
highest trees, or the cliffs of the steepest rocks,
to build its nest in. There are a great many of
these birds in the north of Scotland, and in the
mountains of Switzerland. The largest species of
this bird has strength enough to take up a sheep
or a child. A peasant once knocked one down
with a pole, that would have taken away a child
of five years old. But among the carnivorous
birds, there is one more terrible still, the Conrfor.
It is a bird of Peru, and perhaps the largest in the
world. They have been seen, when flying, to
be more than thirty feet across the wings. Judge
of the strength of this tyrant of the air. When it
has appeared , it has frightened whole herds of
cattle, and their herdsmen. It has a beak, cal-
culated to rip open the belly of an ox. Two of
them will destroy an ox. I have been told they
will devour children ten or twelve years old.
But, by an act of Providence, this destructive
bird is very rare. The female lays only sufficient
eggs to perpetuate its species, otherwise it
would be too noxious an animal.
The Cassowary is one of the tallest and largest
birds in India. It is remarkable for its long,
black, shining feathers, that resemble hair. But,
of all birds , the tallest is the Ostrich, common in
Africa. The Ostrich , like the cassowary, does
not tly ; but both are so swift of foot, that it is
difficult to keep up with them, even on the